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Medicines and vaccinations

In my home country, my doctor prescribed me some medicine. How can I get this medicine in the Netherlands?

Which vaccinations are common for children in the Netherlands and how can I arrange them?

All early childhood vaccinations are given at the consultatiebureau (child health clinic) and are free of charge. The rijksvaccinatieprogramma – RVP (national immunisation programme) currently includes vaccinations for the following diseases:

  • DKTP: combined vaccination for D = Diphtheria, K = Whooping Cough, T = Tetanus, P = Poliomyelitis
  • HIB = Haemophilus influenza type B
  • BMR = Bof (Mumps), Mazelen (Measles), Rodehond (Rubella: German Measles)
  • Men C = Meningitis C
  • Pneu = Pneumococcal vaccination. The pneumococcal vaccine protects against 10 types of pneumococcal bacteria which can cause pneumococcal disease in young children.
  • Hep B = Hepatitis B vaccination
  • HPV = Human Papilloma Virus (only for girls)

For an updated list, visit the Dutch government’s site.

I would like to have additional shots for my child or for myself that are not standard in the Netherlands. How can I arrange this?